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Beauty Q&A: Mascara Drugstore Dupes

Dear Megan,

What are some cheap mascaras that work? I don’t want to spend $40 on a mascara!

– Sara B.


Let me start this by saying, I spend a ridiculous amount of money on makeup: I am currently VIB Rouge member at Sephora (i.e. I spend way more than I should). So suffice to say, I have no problems splurging on high end beauty products that work, but there is one staple product that you don’t necessarily need to spend more than $10 on: mascara.

As I explained in an earlier blog post what really makes a mascara is the wand. Mascaras aren’t like skincare products–they’re pretty much all doing the same thing the same way. That is to say that mascaras generally have the same formula (although I find that Benefit’s “They’re Real!” sticks out as a very sticky formula), so the wand is where the magic happens (pun intended). Because of this it is very easy to find quality drugstore dupes for less than half the cost! Wouldn’t you much rather put that money towards a new eyeshadow palette, liquid lipstick or say… a Farm to Face product? Yeah, I thought so.

Here are some of the best dupes I have found for high end mascara!

                               

Benefit “Roller Lash” ($24) vs CoverGirl “Full Lash Bloom” ($7.99)

CoverGirl makes some of the best drugstore mascaras, and the Full Lash Bloom is no exception. This is my current everyday mascara and it’s perfect. It’s light, doesn’t clump your lashes together or flake off throughout the day. It’s everything you could want in a basic mascara. Plus it’s a fantastic dupe for the very popular Benefit Roller Lash (but at a fraction of the price)!

Both Roller Lash and Lash Bloom have very similar, silicon brushes with spiked bristles. Benefit’s bristles are just a touch shorter, and the tip of the wand itself is curved. I find that this wand is actually more difficult to use and takes a bit more effort to get the desired lash look.

So not only are you saving $16 by going with CoverGirl you’re also saving time in your makeup routine as well.

                                  

Too Faced “Better Than Sex” ($23) vs. Rimmel “Scandaleyes” ($5.99)

If you drank a shot every time a beauty guru on YouTube used Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara–or maybe even every time that I mention it–you would die of alcohol poisoning. It’s that popular. Which is understandable considering the unique cushion brush and naughty name (people, sex sells)!

Even though the wand is unique compared to other higher end mascara, it doesn’t make it one of a kind. I was able to find a similar looking wand with Rimmel’s Scandaleyes mascara. The wand on the Too Faced mascara is much more dense than Rimmel’s. However, the end results are pretty much identical.

Rimmel Scandaleyes is not only a perfect dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex, but it also won’t make you blush every time you say it.

                                 

Dior “Diorshow” ($28.50) vs. Neutrogena “Healthy Volume” ($6.79)

I like big wands and I can not lie! Seriously, I am a sucker for a mascara with a fat wand and tons of bristles, which both of these bad boys have. I find that bigger wands give the best volume with a minimum amount of clumps.

But why spend $29 when you can spend $7 and get the same results? Exactly.

So there you have it: just a few of my favorite mascara drugstore dupes. What are your favorites?

 

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2 Comments

  • Thx for the info on drug store mascaras. Might be the same for facial moisturizers, cleansers & toners.

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    • You know, I’ve wondered the same thing for a long time: is high-end really better or just better packaging? What I’ve learned so far is that there will definitely be drugstore dupes for cleansers, toners, etc. but not all skincare is created equally. After clearing the ingredient list to make sure it’s free of carcinogens, makeup is pretty much the same. Some makeup formulations in some categories really are better than others, but eh – it’s kind of about the tools and techniques. Skincare is a whole different ballgame. I’m still learning, but I can share what I learn along the way 🙂 Nothing will make me happier than knowing I’m not spending more than necessary lol

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